I’ve recently started to use LifeCubby in my family child care. About LifeCubby:
Preschool Assessments & Portfolios
In the past I’ve completed assessment forms that I created and sent them home with parents in November with a collection of photos and saved work for each child. It was always my goal to complete them in May as well, but it became overwhelming to do more than once throughout the year. I wasn’t documenting many observations either. Most of it was “in my head” and then pouring it out on paper for parents once/year. Obviously that isn’t good enough.
In Wisconsin, we have a new quality improvement program for child care and we earn points for keeping portfolios and tracking individual outcomes. It is a big commitment to keep these records up to date. I do enjoy this part though, and really want to provide parents with quality information about their child’s learning and development but it has to be actually possible to get done as well!
Great find! I love LifeCubby for documenting my group’s activities and observations. It’s so fast to make an entry for each child throughout the day. I often take pictures on my smart phone (Galaxy S3) and make an entry right on my phone. It works great to use “speech to text” to record an observation! If I don’t have time I email a photo to my laptop as a reminder to log it before the day ends. I often take photos of activities and art that can be entered in later. Papers can also be scanned.
What’s probably the most exciting thing for me, is the realization that I could customize the observation categories to they would align with our state’s standards. Before this, I hadn’t found a way to coordinate the documentation of the state’s standards and my observations and assessments.
As seen above, I am still using paper files to provide assessments to parents. Along with the assessment, I’ve included a few observations for the parents, a few pieces of writing or art and any other handouts. My observation entries almost always include a photo.
In the future I hope to invite the parents to sign into their child’s cubbies and view their records online but I don’t feel quite ready for that yet, as I’m trying to figure out exactly how to get my paperwork ready to meet our state’s expectations.
As a parent, I’m thrilled to start creating an online file for my own son! I’ve scanned lots of his papers and starting to enter them to be forever documented. I’m very excited about what LifeCubby has to offer my child care and for my own child’s records. I think this is really the future of documenting in early childhood.